St. Louis Construction Equipment Injury Lawyers
Were You Injured by Faulty or Unsafe Equipment on a Job Site?
Workers in the construction industry are prone to all sorts of accidents. Slip and falls, faulty equipment, toxic exposure, and safety violations can all lead to life-altering injuries or even death. If you or someone you love was involved in a construction accident, including being injured by defective or dangerous construction equipment, on a job site, our St. Louis construction equipment injury lawyers are here to help.
Most workers—including construction workers—in Missouri are entitled to workers’ compensation when they are injured on the job. However, accidents involving defective equipment are somewhat more complex than traditional workers’ compensation claims, as it may be possible to seek workers’ compensation benefits and third-party compensation from the manufacturer or distributor of the defective tool or equipment.
Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney After a Construction Accident
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces strict safety measures on construction sites. These regulations are set in place to protect workers. Still, accidents happen.
The Dixon Injury Firm understands the ins and outs of construction equipment injury cases, as well as how taxing these incidents can be for victims and their families. Our firm fights to secure maximum compensation for injured workers, either by filing workers’ compensation claims or third-party work injury claims—or both. While financial compensation cannot undo the trauma associated with severe injuries and fatalities, it can ease the burden for workers and their families.
Construction Workers Are at a High Risk of Occupational Injury
A few years ago, a group called Public Citizen took a comprehensive look at the costs of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry in Maryland. It pointed out that construction has long been one of the country’s more dangerous occupations, with hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, construction deaths make up about 16% of all workplace fatalities. Accidental falls and contact with objects and equipment are two of the leading causes of injuries. The report faulted regulators for failing to do more to respond to these injures. Maryland has responded to a degree by increasing fines for failing to meet certain safety guidelines.
Closer to home, a survey by the Missouri Department of Labor completed a few years ago found similar results. Sprains, strains, and tears accounted for 31% of construction injuries, and lower extremities were the most injured body part. Ankles were the injured body part in 15% of cases. Contact with an object caused 41% of injuries, and overexertion accounted for 27%. Twelve people died in Missouri construction accidents in the year studied, and eight of them were specialty trade contractors. Over 1,600 nonfatal injuries and illnesses occurred, and 97% of those injured were male and largely middle aged.
Common Causes of Construction Equipment Accidents
Countless factors can lead to accidents on construction sites. From faulty wiring and slippery scaffolding to OSHA violations and defective equipment, construction workers put their lives at risk every day.
Here are a few of the main causes of construction equipment injuries in St. Louis:
- OSHA-related violations
- Faulty equipment
- Heavy machinery injuries
- Falling tools or equipment
- Repetitive trauma injuries
What to Do If You Suffered a Construction Accident Injury
The first step to take is to find a professional construction equipment injury lawyer to help you with beginning a claim. Based in St. Louis, our construction accident attorneys are more than ready to take your case in full stride. Keep in mind how important it is for you to move quickly by getting medical attention, reporting the accident, collecting materials, and contacting legal help.
Led by our founding attorney, Christopher Dixon, The Dixon Injury Firm is well-equipped to handle even the most complex of workers’ compensation claims. We are proud to represent injured construction workers and others harmed by faulty workplace equipment, lax safety standards, and other workplace problems. Our attorneys can help you seek fair workers’ compensation benefits and/or third-party work injury compensation for your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and more.
Call our firm today at (314) 208-2808 to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.